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Improved connectivity coming soon from CNH

As real-time digital connectivity from the field to the cloud increases in importance for farmers with the move to widespread precision farming, regular cellular service providers haven’t really been fully up to the task of supporting it in every location. Most farmers have fields in at least some areas where cellular service is reduced or non-existent. Earlier this year, John Deere announced it was partnering with Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starlink service to eventually ensure machines have uninterrupted service via satellite where cellular systems are weak. In late April, the CNH brands Case IH and New Holland followed suit. The company announced it has partnered with Intelsat to provide uninterrupted connectivity via satellite. Like Deere, CNH will begin by offering the satellite link for its equipment in Brazil where cellular service covers only a small fraction of the country. “It will start in Brazil in the third quarter of this year,” says Marc Kermish, CNH’s chief digital and inf

Canadian durum looks good but troubles lurk elsewhere

Canada’s durum crop is off to a good start, but there are problems in many other regions, says an analyst. Farmers in southwestern Saskatchewan and southeastern Alberta received much-needed rainfall this spring. “They think this is the best start they’ve had in five or six years,” said Neil Townsend, chief analyst with GrainFox. Agriculture Canada estimates farmers planted 6.34 million acres of the crop and will produce 5.66 million tonnes. That would result in a total supply of 6.13 million tonnes, a 37 per cent improvement over last year. Townsend thinks supplies could top 6.5 million tonnes if farmers achieve the same average yield as 2022-23, which was 35.9 bushels per acre. That would necessitate finding an additional one million tonnes of export demand compared to last year. Farmers in the United States planted 2.03 million acres of durum, a 21 per cent increase over last year. That crop is also off to a good start. The big question in the durum market is what will Turkey

Growing More with Less: IMF Highlights Efficiency in Agriculture with Agritech Advances

USA News Group – Food production is rapidly evolving. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) underscores the urgent need to "grow more with less," emphasizing efficiency in agriculture. Artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing the sector by developing new crop varieties, providing vital soil data, and utilizing precision drones for fertilizers and pesticides. To meet the rising demands for sustainable agriculture, agritech innovations are accelerating. The global agritech market, valued at $24.4 billion in 2023, is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.33%, reaching $49.2 billion by 2031, according to Adroit Market Research. This expansion is fueled by advances in precision farming, biotechnological applications, and the integration of AI and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, with agritech companies leading the way to ensure future food security, including developments from Bee Vectoring Technologies International Inc. (CSE: BEE) (OTCQB: BEVVF), Bunge Global SA (NYSE: BG), Archer

Saskatchewan farm finds ways to survive suring sustained dry conditions

If drought relief doesn’t fall from above, grow it from below. That’s how one Saskatchewan farm has survived and thrived during the past five years. The non-profit Soil Health Academy (SHA) announced that Gavelin Farms will host its three-day school, Jun. 25 to 27 at McCord, Sask. to show other farmers how to do the same. Michael Thiele is a regenerative farming consultant and instructor for the upcoming school. “Across 2,000 acres of pasture and hay ground, 2,000 acres of cash crops, and 200 acres of carefully curated cover crops, the Gavelin family has implemented regenerative practices that have led to improved profits and resiliency through protracted periods of drought,” Thiele said. According to Thiele, third-generation farmers Calvin and Marla Gavelin have embraced their role as stewards of the land, making decisions that contribute to the broader community. “Those attending the upcoming school will see, firsthand, how practical management based on the soil health principle

Former Sask. Stockyards Company fined $250K for fatal workplace incident

Spiritwood Stockyards has been fined a total of $325,000 for two workplace related incidents, including one that resulted in a man’s death. The case was heard on Tuesday at Spiritwood Provincial Court. A guilty plea was entered to sect. 7.- 6(1) which states that if there is a risk of injury to the head of a worker, an employer or contractor shall provide approved industrial protective headwear and require a worker to use it. For this offence, which resulted in serious injury to the worker, the company was fined $75,000. With respect to the more serious of the two offences, the one that involved a worker’s death, a guilty plea was entered to sect. 9-2 (2). This requires the employer or contractor to ensure that workers use a fall protection system at a temporary or permanent work area if a worker may fall three metres or more; or there is a possibility of injury if a worker falls less than three metres. For this offence, the company was fined $250,000. Dean Horn, 47, passed away on

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